Keith A. Mays named new Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Keith A. Mays, Ph.D., D.D.S., M.S., has been named to the position of associate dean of academic affairs and associate professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences, Division of Prosthodontics at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. His appointment is effective January 28, 2015.

In announcing the appointment, Dean Leon Assael, D.M.D. [LINK TO BIO] commended Mays' broad-based experience in curricular development and didactic laboratory and clinical teaching. “Dr. Mays brings with him a pragmatic approach to management, a keen sensitivity to the needs of individuals, and an appreciation for the dynamic relationship between patient care and student education. His unique insights into a teaching program that integrates all dental disciplines will help us continue to best serve our patients and provide experiences for students and residents that will last their entire professional career.”

Dr. Mays’ academic career also has included student advising, private faculty practice, and service as the assistant director of the University of Maryland General Practice Residency Program. Additionally, he has a strong commitment to faculty development and leadership experience in a variety of dental schools and dental organizations.

Dr. Mays earned his doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and completed a one year General Practice Residency at the University of Michigan Hospital and Clinics. He received a certificate and a master of science in prosthodontics from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland Dental School.

His research interests include oral motor function, specifically compensatory movements of the tongue and jaw during speech, swallowing and mastication, and orofacial morphology. He also has been investigating the use of digital dentistry as an assessment tool in pre-clinical dental education.

Dr. Mays is currently director of the Division of Prosthodontics at East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine.